Nine Reasons to Use Self-Storage

Heated and Cooled Storage Units at StorPlace Self StorageThere are many reasons to use self-storage. Below are nine reasons that people come to self-storage for their needs. StorPlace has many different locations, closer to your neighborhood.

1. Are you moving? Come to StorPlace and get a unit to put all the necessary items you have to make the house more appealing while it’s on the market. Plus, you can always put the items that you hardly use towards the back of the unit to help downsize/declutter, which brings us to the next reason.

2. You need more space or downsizing? We have a unit for that also. Ever have so much stuff and no room to put anything, but its items that are still needed or wanted. A storage unit would help with saving those items, but getting them out of your way to declutter your house.

3. None of your BUSINESS. Businesses such as hospitals that have many old patient files to keep for their records come to a self-storage location to put the files in a secure location. Due to HIPPA that would be the best place for them that way only a few people are allowed to access the unit and add to it or take what is needed out. It’s not just for records, some companies store their extra inventory like signs, products, etc.

4. Vroom, Vroom. You can also store your vehicles, they can be a collection vehicle or one that you hardly use. The storage unit can save the vehicle from hail stones, floods, and any other damaging causing things.

5. If you don’t have a garage at your house and you have instruments. You can get a unit for all your musical instruments and other musical items and have them safe and secured until you need them again.

6. People who sell on the sites like E-bay, Amazon, or Craigslist will use self-storage to hold their items that they are selling so that it will be easier for checking inventory and knowing exactly what they have. They can also have their items organized by price or popularity for easier access.

7. If you don’t have extra space at home and don’t have any place to put your seasonal things like Christmas decorations, or Halloween a 5X5 or 5X10 (depending how many decorations you have) will hold all your décor for the year. Plus, it will be out of the way when nothing is needed for a while.

8. The last one is for School .For the people who go to college and don’t have a place to put their stuff before school starts. They use self–storage to store their things until school starts back. That way they know what they still need to get to get ready for school, but yet it’s easy for them to get to when its time.

9. People also store their collections in there, especially if they are expensive. That way the worst thing that can happen is things get dusty. If they kept them at home its more likely things can happen to them such as grandkids breaking something, or someone breaking into the home and taking it.

Auditing a Storage Facility

StorPlace Self Storage of GreenwoodAs a manager taking over a new store or an owner of a single facility or multiple facilities, one of the most important task you can do is an audit of that facility. If we lived in a perfect world where people were always completely honest or never made mistakes, this may not be necessary however we don’t so this is something that must be done on a regular basis. I know the word “audit” is not a word anyone wants to hear however it does not need to be looked at as a negative thing.

This is a time for Managers, District Managers and Owners to learn how to perform the job better. You never know what you will find but you may just find that a Manager has found newer and better ways to perform duties on a facility that is so great that you will want to implement across the entire company. This is how we grow to become the best in the industry! So let’s get started.

Number one is the person responsible for the audit MUST know the ins and outs of the business and must be very familiar with the computer software the facility is using. First check for any discrepancies in cash. This can be issues with the cash drawer or petty cash (if the facility uses it). You are looking for anything that doesn’t quite “add up” if you do find anything speak to you manager and find out why. Also make sure that all bank deposits match the software that the payments were posted to.

At this point check for receipts from the bank and make sure that all monies are accounted for. Next move onto the customers’ accounts. Look for any excessive discounting and/or crediting of the rent. This should be a red flag if you see anything along these lines. Most of the time it will be as simple as a payment that was not posted correct either because of human error or a computer error. Communicate these finds with you manager to find out the reason for the discounting and/or crediting and make sure that they are noting the account in the future so you do not have to ask those questions.

After you have gone through all the cash and customers’ accounts, it is time to move the audit outside to the facility grounds. Outside you are going to want to check for cleanliness and look for any repairs that need to be taken care of that the manager may be overlooking. When you walk the same facility day after day you tend to overlook some items that need to be fixed and sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to notice some problems on the property. Again communicate these findings with the property manager and follow up a couple of weeks later to make sure the problems are resolved. Next as you walk through the property cross check the occupied and vacant units again a list of tenants from the software the property uses. There is usually a report that you can print that is designed just for this purpose. Again look for any units that say “vacant” but have a lock on them and for any that say “rented” that are unlocked and empty.

No one really likes performing an audit however in the end, it is in your best interest to make sure that all of your facilities are running at their top potential!

Take pride in what you do!

StorPlace of Hickory HollowPride is an inward directed emotion with both negative and positive conations.
The Bible makes references of pride to mean; full of himself, to be a fool, or foolish. Other references of the word state a corrupt sense of self-worth, or an excessively high opinion of oneself. Pride is often equated to one’s own ego.

That being said, I’m using pride with a positive spin! To take pride! Meaning a feeling, pleasure of satisfaction derived from one’s actions from some act, possession, or relationship of, to be proud of.

I often say, “We here at StorPlace take great pride in our job, product and/or our facility. That is a true fact! And if it’s not, you have some work to do! Because if you are telling the truth, it’s not a hard sell. Believe in yourself! Believe in your product! Believe that you DO have the best to offer. We have the best trained management, a team of caring employees, and the best looking, safest facility in town! You’ve got to believe it to be able to say it, once you believe it you say it with pride! Be proud! Because You are the one that makes it true!

Everyone and their brother has a storage place now days! You can rent storage while you get your hair cut, groceries, get your taxes, whatever! They pop up overnight, many are gone just as quickly! You can rent from some at $1.00 a month, and realize you still over paid!

Bottom line we all have the same thing to offer; a unit door, 4 walls, floor and packing supplies.

So what makes us different? It’s how we do what we do that sets us apart! We offer more! We strive to be better! It is because we care! We care enough to listen! We think outside the box!!! We are creative! We are empowering! We are sympathetic and empathic. – We may be the only safe, friendly face in a tumultuous time in their life.

We greet each person and treat them the way we would want to be treated! We take pride in offering the best customer service, the finest product in a well-cared for, secure and safe facility. Our facility speaks for itself, nicely manicured, clean and kept, large paved lots, with an inviting atmosphere.

So its ok to take pride in your work! Be proud of the ethics our company is based on. Be proud of the mission statement! Be the mission statement! Be proud of the level of professionalism and mannerisms YOU bring to the company and how that is portrayed to the customer.

Pride can start with a smile! The simplest of gestures! When someone enters the building, first thing that should greet them is your smile. Smile when answering the phone! If you are smiling while you’re talking on the phone, they hear it in your voice!

Get up! If you happen to be sitting down when someone walks into the store – jump up and smile! (that part was just to see if you are still reading!!!! As if we get to sit down! Insert a LMBO emoji here)

Listen to the customer – really listen! Put yourself in the shoes of the customer, what are they going through? What can you offer them? What can you say that will put them at ease and build trust? We learn a lot about the customer at move in, every customer has a story, and many share their story with us. Your verbal response as well as your body language are how the message is driven home with this customer. What message are you “driving”? Is it professional and friendly?
Smile as you build a rapport with your customer, strive to show an openness, a genuine concern, be trustworthy and empathic as much as possible. Be proud knowing you can meet their needs with confidence, don’t just focus on a sale or an up-sale.
Your job is important! … And at the end of the day, at 5:30 when you forget all about it, (LOL). Take pride in a job well done!!

Storage with a Smile

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageWhen you think about getting a storage unit several questions comes to mind, rather its location, pricing and or cleanliness. Many people get units for many different reasons like moving to a newly built home and had to place till it was completed, they just moved here from out of state don’t know where to place it just yet, who knows what the situation may be when they are needing.

Knowing what size of a storage unit they are needing is very important, it gives future tenants ideas on how and where to place their items inside that particular unit. Also you will also get the peace of mind that your belongings will be kept secure behind a gated fence and very well lite property. Although there are some properties in other places where you won’t get the same attention or the same customer service experience as you would here.
I haven’t been working at this establishment long but here at Storplace we take pride in assisting out current and future tenants with A1 customer service we want to make them feel right at home. We educate out tenants on need to know basis we make sure that they are educated on what to do and what not to do. One of my task here is doing a lock check which it is checking all units throughout the property checking for damages and lighting issues whatever the case may be, and one of the units didn’t have a lock.

So after completing the check I went to call this particular tenant where the lock was missing and I advised that his lock was missing asking was everything ok. This tenant was very happy with the fact that I called and informed him of his lock not being on the unit, and that made him more secure in staying with us simply because we take care of our properties and we want to make sure that our tenants items are well secure. So when you are needing a storage unit come to StorPlace where we will make you feel at home giving A1 customer service and a storage unit with a smile.

One of my favorite things about fall: PUMPKINS

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageI enjoy fall and everything it entails, especially PUMPKINS! I work for StorPlace Self Storage which is a company that supports and recognizes the importance of family and family time.

Our work hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm which leaves time for family fun. I also live in Murfreesboro and so I am always seeking out fun places to visit that are not too far from home.

Here are two of my favorite family fun fall activities near Murfreesboro.

Lucky Ladd Farms

Lucky Ladd Farms is located in Eagleville, TN just a short 20 minute drive from Murfreesboro. Pumpkins are available for picking here beginning on September 21st through October 31st. This is a great place to take the whole family; as it is much more than just a pumpkin patch. Lucky Ladd has a full day of activities available including a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and over 75 hands-on attractions. You get all of this for $13.00 for adults and teens, $11.00 for children 2-12 and ages 65 and over get in for $11.00; also parking is free here. You can obtain more information by visiting their website at Lucky Ladd Farms.

Walden Pumpkin Patch

Walden Pumpkin Patch is located in Smyrna, TN which is also a short 20 minute drive from Murfreesboro. This is a beautiful farm that is definitely worth a visit; Walden’s is open beginning September 24th through October 31st and admission to the farm, including parking is free of charge. They have hayrides, face painting, and sand art activities all for a small charge. They also have an activity area you can play in for just $4 a person which includes a corn maze, Hay Mountain, a 40 foot slide, seesaw, creepy corner, and several more activities. They also have concessions you can purchase while you are there; I would highly recommend the pumpkin fudge…DELICIOUS! You can visit Walden’s webpage for more information at Walden Farm.

In my opinion you really cannot go wrong with either choice, perhaps you can just do both, whichever you choose I hope you have a great time! Happy Fall!

Delicious Eats around the Murfreesboro, TN area

Storage Solutions at StorPlace Self StorageOne of my favorite activities is exploring many of the great restaurants, cafes and diners around the Murfreesboro, TN area.

If you’re an experienced foodie like me, or an aspiring foodie who is looking for some recommendations on some of the best places to go, below is a list we compiled to help you on that journey to deliciousness.

Below are a few of those gems.

Goodness Gracious at The Mill-Readyville, TN (just down Woodbury Hwy)

The Mill is a historic landmark established in 1812 in Readyville, TN. It is currently a restaurant and a working grist mill. The Mill is also a venue for special occasions such as weddings. They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. I have never ventured over into anything besides breakfast because, frankly- the breakfast is just too good.

One of my go to orders is the Buffalo Chicken Omelet. This dish is incredibly savory! The omelet is stuffed with grilled chicken, a mild and creamy buffalo sauce and crumbles of blue cheese. There are many sides to cheese from including: gouda grits, hash brown casserole or even pineapple cheese casserole. Don’t forget to order a cup of coffee. They will certainly top your cup off and all with a smile!

Carmen’s Taqueria (West Northfield Blvd in Murfreesboro)

If you asked me what my favorite Mexican restaurant here in the ‘Boro is, I would without a doubt say Carmen’s Taqueria. Carmen’s is a feast for the stomach as well as the eyes. They serve delicious Mexican food with a detailed flare. One of my favorite dishes to order is the Burrito de Camaron. The burrito is stuffed with plump shrimp, along with white queso poured on top. They add slices of avocado near some hearty beans and rice. They are located at 206 W Northfield Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 and business hours are from Mon-Sat. 11am-10pm & Sun 11am-9pm

Sam’s Sports Grill (located outside of Stones River Mall)

Sam’s Sports Grill is one of my favorites for something quick. There are TV’s displayed everywhere if you are a Sports Fan. I, myself, stop in for the quick, delicious food. Once I like something, I tend to get stuck on it. For Sam’s that would be The French Dip sandwich. Angus roast beef and swiss cheese fill this sandwich that is served on a soft hoagie roll. It comes with the classic au jus dipping sauce, but I ask for a cup of their fresh horseradish dip, too (trust me, you are going to want to try this as well).
For full menu and directions, click here.

In the storage business, our team here at StorPlace of Rutherford Boulevard likes to relax when we can and check out new things and places. We hope you try some of these restaurants and let us know what you think!

Social Media and the Self Storage Opportunities

Heated and Cooled Storage Units at StorPlace Self StorageNetworking in the Social Media World.

I have heard it said many times that location, location; location is everything in the real estate market. And although I agree with that premise I would contend that networking and impeccable Customer Service is as valuable a key for businesses thriving during any economy. There is no substitute for getting your business name out in the field. At StorPlace of Cool Springs there are several ways that we do networking.

Word of mouth has long proven to be our best marketing tool. A happy customer tells others of their positive experience. We are always delighted to get referrals because that tells us we are doing things right. At StorPlace we offer up to $50 referral fee for sharing our name with your friends. It is an easy way to store your valuables and get a financial benefit. Refer a friend and reap the financial reward. See any StorPlace manager for details.

Another strong component of networking is Social Media. Those of us that are of a certain age….say Senior are in amazement at how important Social Media has become. Even this blog, if chosen will be on the StorPlace Website. Wait….What? A Blog…..what is that.

Well according to Webster it’s a noun – a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. This is true and is what we do here at StorPlace. Managers and Assistant Managers take turns different times of the year writing about our insight for storage.

Website…..now what in the world is that…again a noun – Digital Technology. a connected group of pages on the World Wide Web regarded as a single entity, usually maintained by one person or organization and devoted to a single topic or several closely related topics

We could probably go on and on with this but you get the idea. If you are reading this Blog you found your way to our Website

As important as Social Media in our business Customer Service and a well maintained property are very important. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to name a few a satisfied or unsatisfied customer and post comments about your facility quicker than they can leave the parking lot. rtant Social Media has become. Even this blog, if chosen will be on our the Sty bThe best way to make sure we get positive feedback is to follow the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have done to you” the benefit is that people see us in the community as fair responsive organization which makes renting a unit from us more desirable. Positive visibility can only help your bottom line. It is a win-win for everyone

 

Storage Tips for The Woodworking Hobby Enthusiast

StorPlace Self Storage in Bowling Green KentuckyWood working is one of my favorite hobbies. However, wood is not cheap so I searched for a way to find lumber that people no longer need and just wanted gone. I posted a few adds advertising free haul away and clean up. This was a good and bad way of getting free lumber.

The good side is that I was getting some legit calls for good quality lumber from nearby home remodels and the ever growing construction sites popping up around where I live. The down side to this was it was all scrapes and nothing was really workable without piecing two or more pieces together. Another downside to the construction sites was that I had to haul away all the other stuff that goes with construction sites drywall, roofing and siding. After doing this for a couple of months with not great success I received a call from my mom and she told me that her neighbor Mary Ray came by the house and asked if I could cut a maple tree that had fallen from the storms of the previous week.

Without hesitation I told her I would and would be out there after church on the following Sunday. Mary Ray is one of the kindest ladies I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. After my mom’s divorce Mary ray took care of me and my sisters when my mom worked late at the Hospital. That following Sunday I pulled in the driveway of Mary rays and she met me still all dolled up from church and gave me a big huge. The monster is around back as she laughed I followed her around the house and I had to take a step back when I saw the tree. Mary ray said her and her husband met under the tree and that’s why he built the house where he did. I could tell she was very upset seeing the tree that stood over her for her entire life laying lifeless all over her back yard.

Her Husband James pasted away two years ago and now knowing the Importance of this particular tree. I wanted to do something special for her. The cleanup of this tree was crazy I worked on it from two forty that afternoon till I ran out of sunlight and I only got half of the tree cut. With huge piles of wood. Enough that I wouldn’t have to scavenge the scrapes from construction sites for a couple of years. I just didn’t have anywhere to put it. I looked up some nearby storage facilities and found StorPlace self-storage and purchased a huge outside unit to keep the wood from rotting.

Now with all the wood I need I can concentrate on building Mary Ray a outdoor gazebo she loves gardening and I wanted to give her something that reminds her of James and brings her some comfort knowing that the tree that was huge part of her life is still with her just in a new form.

-Cedric

Veterans Day 2016 in Tennessee

Find the right storage unit size for your needs at StorPlace Self StorageStorPlace of Veterans Parkway Blog Entry:   

As harvest season is upon us we anticipate the beautiful transition of the leaves. Summer greens will soon turn into a wide array of warm colors. This is my favorite time of year to enjoy the scenery of Middle Tennessee. Here at StorPlace of Veterans Parkway, I am blessed with a grand view of the farm across the street and all of the many trees that line this storage facility property. This area of Murfreesboro is just one of the many places in Middle Tennessee to enjoy a country setting. If you also enjoy this type of scenery along with fall time outdoors, pumpkin patches, and hay rides, Middle Tennessee has a lot to offer. Just 13 minutes from our 1720 Veterans Parkway location you can reach Lucky Ladd Farms. This farm has plenty of Tennessee scenery to enjoy and fun for the whole family. Whether you are looking for a carving pumpkin to decorate with for the fall season or you are looking for some fresh produce to make you favorite fall time dishes, you can find it all right here in Middle Tennessee.

 

By: Heather Gordy

Fall is in the air in Tennessee

StorPlace of Hickory HollowLocal Fall Festivals

It’s that time of year again…the air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and that means that it’s time for all the wonderful fall festivals! All of us at StorPlace Self Storage in Murfreesboro love attending the many different local festivals. Here is a list of some of the fall festivals that we at StorPlace of Barfield would recommend checking out:

Dickson County Smoke Fest

October 28-29

The first annual Dickson County Smoke Fest will include cooking competitions, entertainment and activities for all ages. For children, there will be a haunted house, a spooky derby, costume contests and a Kids Q Cook off.

Musicians Corner

August 6 – September 3

Every Saturday in August and one Saturday in September there will be free musical performances from 1:30-5:00pm at Centennial Park in Nashville. This year’s line-up includes Emmylou Harris, Holly Williams, Blind Boys of Alabama, The Sisterhood, as well as many more great acts. Also, starting at 12:00pm there will be pre-show activities as well as food and beverage trucks.

Greenway Art Festival

September 17

This event will be located on the Murfreesboro Greenway trail under the trees at Old Fort Park Trailhead from 10:00am – 4:00pm. There will be many different booths displaying original artwork for purchase (ie. oils, acrylics, watercolors, pottery, sculpture, jewelry). There will also be performances by local musicians, multiple food vendors, and children’s art activities.

Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

September 23-25

This craft fair will be held on the lawn of the Parthenon in Nashville on Friday and Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The fair will include a variety of high quality crafts, food vendors, children’s activities and demonstrations from the artisans. While shopping, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists, learn what inspires them and learn how to transform raw materials into crafts.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

September 24-25

The Pilgrimage festival, held at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, offers a diverse lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, and gospel artists. These performances will include some partly acoustic sets as well as some collaborations. Some of the headliners this year include Beck, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves, Anderson East, and Brothers Osborne. The Little Pilgrims Stage will feature a line-up of talented young musicians. There will also be two locations for food and beverages; the Kitchen and Sippin’ stages and the Bazaar. The gates open at 10:00am each day.

Fall Fest at The Hermitage – Tennessee Craft Week

October 1-2

This festival, held at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, will include a variety of live music acts, handmade arts from regional artists, as well as local specialty foods and spirits. Admission is free this year! The hours of operation are Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Nashville Oktoberfest – Tennessee Craft Week

October 7-9

The Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest running festival and is held in the historic area of Germantown Nashville. The three day event features delicious food from Nashville’s best restaurants, craft beer from local brewers, music stages throughout the festival, arts and craft vendors, a 5K race, pet parade and more! This year’s festival hours are Friday Oct. 7 from 2:00pm-10pm, Saturday Oct. 8th from 10:00am-10:00pm and Sunday Oct. 9th from 10:00am-8:00pm.

Webb School Art & Craft Fair 39th Annual Webb School Art and Craft Show

October 15-16

This event, held in downtown Bell Buckle, will feature arts, crafts, and Artist demonstrations. There will also be over 500 other booths throughout town.

40th Annual Harvest Days

October 22

This event will be held in the Cannonsburgh Village of Murfreesboro. Some of the activities at this event include: old time demonstrations, storytelling, hayrides, cloggers and dancing, bluegrass music, antique auto show, blacksmith demonstration, craft fair and food vendors. The admission is free and the event will be held from 10:00am-4:00pm.

29th Annual Pumpkinfest

October 29

Located in Historic Downtown Franklin, this free festival will be held from 10:00am – 6:00pm. The festival will include three stages of live music, children’s activities, circus entertainment by a Nashville-based professional circus group called Beyond Wings, a costume contest (for children and pets), more than 80 arts and crafts booths and much more.

Joel Osteen once said, “Life is short. Don’t miss opportunities to spend time with people that you love.” Going to fall festivals is just one of the many ways to spend time with your family and friends. No matter where you go or what you do just remember to make time for those that matter the most.

Happy Fall from all of us at StorPlace Self Storage!